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Helen Wyman at the Tabor CX World Cup.  I adore Balint Hamvas’ photos

Helen Wyman at the Tabor CX World Cup.  I adore Balint Hamvas’ photos

(Source: cyclephotos)

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It’s Wednesday, so it’s podcast time!  Here’s Dan’s description, as always

Podcast 2014 Episode 25 – Sarah Goes Meta!

Hi team! This week Sarah goes totally meta as we talk Giro Trentino, mountain biking in Valloire, a bunch of rule changes for track and cyclocross and more blogs, videos and rap battles than you can poke a stick at. (The rap battles might be a lie). We also talk a bit about the recent types of innovative footage we’ve seen generated and how we think that can benefit the sport over time. Sarah also comes up with a guaranteed money-making scheme which involves cycling related BDSM… Dan sincerely wishes she hadn’t. It’s a cracking episode and you’re sure to enjoy (or be punished by Mistress Sarah)! As always, don’t forget to check the links, videos and stories below for even more women’s cycling goodness, including trackstands and sly grins! (1:11:29 MIN / 68.63 MB)

For all the links to everything we talked about from the last week in women’s cycling, and a load we didn’t get around to, head over to our blog

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FOR THE LOVE OF MUD” TEASER-2

Teaser for a cyclocross film, including the marvellous Helen Wyman and Katie Compton!

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"Order of events
5.1.048 For all events scheduled on one day, the order of events must be as follows:
1 Men juniors
2 Men under 23
3 Women
4 Men elite
(article introduced on 16.06.14)

This might be my favorite rule of the year. No longer will the women’s field (or any field for that matter) be at the whim of a promoters preference. It seemed many who disliked being required to host a women’s race for a C1 event decided it was often appropriate to schedule the women’s race first, often at 10am. Sometimes this early start time meant officials were not ready to register riders until shortly before the event was due to start. For many who double up their duties helping both genders (this author included) this comes as a welcome change.
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New UCI Cyclocross Rules for 2014/2015 - The ChainStay » The ChainStay

Really interesting analysis of the new rules brought in for cyclocross - have a look

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This week’s women’s cycling podcast from Dan and me.  Dan’s description:

Podcast 2014 Episode 7 – How to Improve the Scenery in New Zealand

It’s an epic and epically rambly show this week with a discussion of the Drenthe series of races. We also talk El Salvador, cyclocross and Clara’s (Hughes that is) Big Ride. We ask you to weigh in on whether or not toasters are sexist. Sarah accuses Dan of being evil and we chat about Sarah’s podcasting exploits, cycling themed cakes, team launches, cool videos, amateur dentistry and snakes that eat crocodiles! Basically this podcast contains all the news and information you need to get you through the week! It’s a long one but we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it, we sure did! (1:25:42 MIN / 82.73 MB)

Click through to our blog to find all the links to everything we talked about this time

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Side-by-side of @cyclephotos @cxstats and @dbseaton’s women’s CX prize money list and Het Nieuwsblad’s men’s list. pic.twitter.com/SZ8bFRDt4p— In The Crosshairs (@CXHairs) March 17, 2014
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TOP 10 women earners in the 2013/2014 cyclocross season

Just wow - and not in a good way.  Click through the link to see how this was worked out - basically from prize money (so it doesn’t include sponsorship, this is just from winnings) - but still…

TOP 10 women earners in the 2013/2014 cyclocross season

Just wow - and not in a good way. Click through the link to see how this was worked out - basically from prize money (so it doesn’t include sponsorship, this is just from winnings) - but still…

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So these are great days for women’s sport, right? The Olympic legacy has been translated into higher all-round visibility for women’s sport, greater participation, more sponsorship and increased coverage, hasn’t it? In a word, no. Just two months after the Olympic flame was extinguished in 2012, the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation reported that women’s sport only received 5% of coverage and 0.5% of commercial sponsorship.

Last year one of Britain’s quality newspapers pledged to “make sure our pages highlight the best of women’s sport, as well as men’s”, but a quick scan of their cycling coverage includes little more than articles on Victoria Pendleton’s performances on Celebrity Bake Off and pictures of the multiple gold medallist in an evening dress. The cyclocross season and the achievements of Britain’s Helen Wyman is not given an inch of space. The picture is no better elsewhere. Even dedicated cycling sites – the go-to places for credible, up-to-the-minute news – struggle to cover topics beyond elite male road racers.

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The long, hard road to equal pay for women’s cycling and sport as a whole | Sport | theguardian.com

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"Eva Lechner had an amazing 2013 mountain bike season. In the Italian National Champion’s jersey, Eva opened her World Cup campaign in Albstadt in terrific style, taking the win and setting the standard for the summer. After Albstadt came another three World Cup podiums, a silver medal at the Europeans, another National title, World Cup Eliminator podiums, a handful of national series wins in Italy and third at the Langkawi International MTB Challenge. All this came together to elevate her to the number one ranked woman in the XC World. As well as the guts, determination and talent it takes to be number one, what is so great about watching Eva race is the evident love she has for it. She wears her heart on her sleeve in true Italian style, and her heart is usually smiling!"

Tips from the Top. Eva Lechner: The UCI #1 | From The Pits

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CM: Do you actually still like riding your bike, in and of itself? Or has it simply become what you do – your calling, so to say?

HK: Good question. It’s a kind of love-hate relationship. Sometimes I cursed the fact that I was caught in the rat race and was forced to subjugate myself to a team, sponsors and my race schedule, live a disciplined life and fulfill the fans’ and public’s expectations. But in the last few years, I have become more relaxed and I can enjoy the possibilities that I have as a professional athlete a lot more. I love taking a long training ride with colleagues (when the weather is good). And I value the fact that my sport allows me to constantly meet new, interesting people and discover new places that I never would have seen. I’m thankful for my health and that I can challenge myself physically when I ride my bike.

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Getting to Know Hanka Kupfernagel, Seven-Time German National Champion and Three-Time ’Cross World Champion | Cyclocross Magazine

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"Cyclocross relies on sharp individual skills and crazy fans for whom it’s more religion than sport. It’s dirtier and earthier than road racing and challenges the idea that cycling equals the Tour de France. The Koppenbergcross is one of the sport’s iconic races – like Paris-Roubaix, the winner takes home a granite cobblestone for their pains – which makes the decision to offer equal prize money a real milestone. It says that cycling is so much more than 3 weeks in July. It puts an external quantifiable value on women’s sport that sends a direct message to sponsors about its worth to them. And it’s a divine opportunity for women to ignore the diktat that all worthwhile female sporting endeavour must be glamorous and fragrant and to be rewarded for good honest muck and sweat."

The long, hard road to equality and why Koppenbergcross is such a big deal | 100 Tours 100 Tales

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It’s the latest women’s cycling podcast from Dan and me!  Dan describes it…

Podcast 2014, Episode 4 – Always Send Whisky

This week we brace ourselves because spring is about to be sprung and cobbles are about to be flung because the Omloop Het Nieuewsblad is on Saturday! We take a moment to imagine what a women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix might look like. We also talk virtual director sportif, track worlds, Oceania championships, horse heads and Koppenbergcross equality! It’s a huge week and there’s so much going on, you need to make sure that you check all the links, videos, photos and things below. (1:16:14 MIN / 73.18 MB)

Click through to our blog for links to everything we talked about (and there’s a lot of links!)

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Cant vloert Wyman na spannend duel (by Cycling.be TV)

Little video looking at Sanne Cant and Helen Wyman’s season-long duel to win the bpost bank trofee, and the final race in the series at Oostmalle, with Sanne talking in Dutch and Helen in English

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Stage Racing, Women’s Cycling, Marco Pantani And Pioneer Powermeter - GCN Cycling News Show - Ep. 60 (by Global Cycling Network)